Hilliard Davidson High School bowling coach Adrian Jasinski was uncertain of his boys team's potential entering the season.
Having lost two key bowlers to graduation, the Wildcats entered the season with a new look, led by juniors Jacob Shoemaker and Chris Wourms and sophomore Grayson Hollaway.
The Wildcats have impressed their coach by finishing the regular season 13-6 overall, tying for fifth in the 16-team COHSBC-North Division at 10-5 and placing third in the seven-team OCC-Central at 4-2, behind co-champions Marysville and Pickerington North (both 5-1).
Westerville Central finished 14-1 in the COHSBC-North, while Westerville South was 13-1 before competing against Olentangy on Feb. 8.
"This group has been fantastic," Jasinski said. "They're shooting like crazy. I had no idea. The way they're bowling, they have a chance to go to state. They're definitely going to district."
Through 18 matches, Wourms had a team-best 198.5 game average with a high game of 255. Hollaway had a 188.2 average and a 257 high game and Shoemaker had a 178 average and a 222 high game.
"Someone different has stepped up every match," Jasinski said.
The Wildcats swept rivals Darby and Bradley, defeating the Panthers 2,067-1,652 on Jan. 3 and beating the Jaguars 2,235-1,925 on Feb. 2 at Ten Pin Alley.
Against Bradley, Wourms had a 469 two-game series, followed by Hollaway (462) and Shoemaker (364).
"It means a lot because we're in the same (school) district," Hollaway said. "It's like an unspoken rivalry. ... I couldn't be happier with the way we've been playing. I think we'll definitely make district. We just have to all have good days."
Davidson will begin its chase of a berth in the Division I state tournament when it competes at sectional Feb. 25 at Sawmill Lanes. The top 20 teams and top 20 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district March 3 at Sawmill Lanes.
At district, the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state March 11 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Last season, Davidson finished 18th (3,492) at district.
The girls team finished the regular season 1-17 overall, 0-14 in the 15-team COHSBC-North and 1-4 in the six-team OCC-Central.
Davidson defeated Reynoldsburg 1,361-1,017 on Jan. 9 behind a 273 series from Reilly Wolfinger.
"The girls are all freshmen and sophomores, first-time bowlers," Jasinski said. "They've come a long way. I didn't have five bowlers until about the fourth match."
Boys basketball team
looks to finish strong
The boys basketball team is looking to gain momentum heading into the Division I district tournament.
Davidson, which was 12-6 overall and 4-3 in the OCC-Central before playing Central Crossing on Feb. 7, has three regular-season games remaining, including a league contest Friday, Feb. 10, at home against Westland.
The Wildcats lost at Upper Arlington 56-41 in a league game Feb. 3. Nick Livingston had 15 points and Jacob Drees scored 12.
The district tournament draw is Sunday, Feb. 12. The tournament begins Feb. 25.
Girls basketball team
preps for postseason
The girls basketball team was 7-12 overall and 2-6 in the OCC-Central before playing Central Crossing on Feb. 7.
The Wildcats, who have a league game Friday, Feb. 10, at Westland before closing the regular season Tuesday, Feb. 14, at home against Walnut Ridge, lost to visiting UA 55-31 in a league contest Feb. 3. Audrey Kaufman had a team-high seven points.
Allie Klein had 15 points and Morgan Coleman scored 12 in a 44-38 win over visiting Worthington Kilbourne on Jan. 31.
Davidson is seeded 22nd of 47 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play at 14th-seeded Pickerington North in the first round Feb. 18.
ninth at Rieman
The wrestling team finished ninth (93.5 points) in the 13-team Rieman Invitational on Feb. 4 at Delaware, behind champion Massillon Perry (358).
Gio DiSabato finished first at 120 pounds, while Micah Dusseau (113) and Connor Morrison (160) both placed third.